What is National Poetry Month (tis not hereafter, present mirth hath present laughter) but seriously if I can be serious for a moment --and I am always serious about poetry--
National Poetry Month
Launched by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, National Poetry Month reminds the public that poets have an integral role to play in our culture and that poetry matters. Over the years, it has become the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K–12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, families, and, of course, poets, marking poetry’s important place in our lives. In 2021, the Academy of American Poets looks forward to celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of this annual celebration!
That’s the official word. And if you follow the link above you too can have downloadables and access to readings, etc. But for poets it has become a skill-based challenge: can you write a poem a day? can you submit to your muse or force it to submit to you? can you make the commitment? or endure the disappointments of picking unripe verses off the vine to eat the bitter fruit? Can you? Will you? Should you?
This year, I’ve decided to push or punish or indulge myself by joining multiple poetry prompt groups and writing from each of their prompts. The products of the prompted experiment are likely to be uneven; unshowered cinderellas with no godmother’s transformation trampling the toes of startled nobles they are partnered to dance with in this April’s ball/hoedown.
I’m calling the project “Prompted” which may turn out to be a chapbook or a collection of poems and essays about what I learned from the process. Also “prompted” has the extra meaning of being pushed or goaded. These are my “cuz you dared me to” poems.
Although no one dare me to but me. And it’s early in the month to see where we will finish, accomplish or complete in this game of truth and dare poetry.
See you on the other side, my darlings.